Saturday, July 29, 2006

Woodlands Fit Saturday Group Run

The Yellows met this morning at 6:50 AM for a 5 mile run. (4.9 miles to be exact). Under the brightening morning sky and temps in the low 80's, the group took off on our ever lengthening weekend distances. The Reds got going first which meant that the Yellow group had to weave in and out to get ahead of the slower Reds. I didn't mind this at all as it felt more like a real race condition, running around slower paced runners. Coaches were energetic and friendly as ever, God bless them.

During these hot and steamy conditions, hydration rules the day. Normally, I don't like carrying water with me on shorter runs but given my recent experience with the heat, I carried my Nike Fuel Belt with 2 bottles of water. I tapped into them often and it definitely made a difference.

Run Synopsis:

Distance: 4.9 miles
Time: 46:11
Pace: 9:25/mile (Just absolutely perfect Yellow Group Pace if I say so myself)
Ending Heart Rate: 168
Shoes: 18.4 miles (Kayano XI)

Next Run: Monday late afternoon run at Memorial Park.

Friday, July 28, 2006

June Issue of Runner Triathlete News

Woo Hoo!! Apparently 2 pictures I took at the Webster Triathlon event got printed on the June Issue of RTN. If anyone has that issue, can I have it? Anyone? Anyone?

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Around Memorial Park

The mellow yellow group schedule called for 35 minute run. So it was 17:30 minutes around clock wise direction and then 17:30 minutes in the counter clockwise direction. It was 91 degrees with light breeze and a lot of humidity. My left leg was bothering me a lot but hey, it was softer gravel surface rather than my typical concrete sandwich so I told the leg to suck it up and function as God intended it to. This time, I brought along a small water bottle to cool me down a bit so as to avoid Monday's humiliating overheating. Guess what. It worked.

Tomorrow is Friday and I'm going to take it easy. This week, I have worked out everyday so far. What has gotten into me? I hope the leg isn't too sore for Saturday's planned 5 mile run with the Yellow Fit Group.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Monday and Tuesday Runs

Dang, I just lost a bunch of text by mistake. Crap. Anyway, here is the Clif Note version since I am no longer in the mood to re-write the whole dang thing.

I am back on the training band wagon. I am still nursing a left foot pain but I'm hoping that running on Memorial's softer ground will help me out.

Monday: 1 loop on the Memorial trail. I crashed and burned around two and half mile mark with over heating. It got kind of bad with a whiff of nausea and light headedness. I ended up walking the rest of the way back. Total miles: 2.9

Tuesday: I was going to run 40 minutes around Memorial Park except that I forgot to pack my running shoes. Kind of like getting to war and forgetting to bring your rifle. Idiot! Not wanting to be denied, I came home, changed and took off on my 40 minute trek. This run went OK. Possibly due to much cooler temps. I think the temp at 6:30 PM was only 85 deg.F. Estimated miles: 4.

Wednesday is a rest day according to my Woodlands Fit schedule. I will go the Y instead and work on strength training on the Cybex machines and do 26 lunges per leg with 8 lbs weight per arm.

Rock on dudes.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bill Dwyer Featured in The Villager Newspaper

Hey gang, one of our very own and a great supporter of Houston running community and especially the Houston Running Bloggers, Bill Dwyer was featured in today's weekly edition of The Villager. The Villager is a local newspaper that covers The Woodlands community. I have only met Bill a few times but I can truly say that he is an enthusiastic coach who is very committed to his volunteer work with the Woodlands TNT group. His upbeat personality is very contagious. I encourage everyone to come by and meet him at the August 12th, Run The Woodlands 5K race. It starts at 8 AM and I believe Bill said he will be there.

Bill, keep up the good work! You seriously ROCK dude!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Gawd, is it HOT or what?

Time: 6:30 PM
Heat Index: Surface of Planet Mercury hot
Distance: 3.1 miles
Time: 29:55
Pace: 9:39 (Still in the yellow group range!)
Shoes: Kayano XI: 3.1 miles

I missed Monday's scheduled run. That is, Woodlands Fit's Monday schedule. Feeling guilty about missing the first run on the very first day still did not get me out of bed in time this morning for the second run. Thus missing my second scheduled run shamed me into running after work during the hottest part of the day. It got so hot that with half mile left to go, I took off my shirt and ran topless. It was invigorating for about 3 blocks before the heat caught up to me again. Yet, I now understand a little, why some folks feel the need to streak.

Unfortunately, with times like these, I'm not going to be helping my team beat 7 Hills runners come August 12th.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Woodlands Fit - 2006 Edition

Hello Netizens! How is everything in the Blogosphere?

I went to my first Fit session today. I joined the Yellow group. Yellow dudes must run in 9 to 10 minute pace. I'm still undecided whether this regimented training is a good thing or not. Informal poll suggests that at least 2/3 of participants at the Fit were female. Does this hold true in other Fit groups also? Perhaps females are more of a social animal than males. Either that or male varieties are too proud to admit that they need a group help. Who knows.

Today we ran 3 miles. Elapsed time: 28:33, which translates into 9:33 pace. Tight in the middle of the yellow group pace. Kayano XI miles: 362. Since the Strawberry Fest 10K in Wisconsin, I have gone back to my old marathon shoes. Thankfully, I have just purchased another pair of Kayano XI (not the new XII) and so I will be using these to train for my next marathon.

Today's seminar was on hydration. I'm sure the information was useful for beginners. Next weekend, Luke's Locker will give a seminar on proper fitting running shoes. It is also a 4 mile run. I'm debating whether I should RTW it or Fit it.

After being inspired by Joe Carey's blog, I have been working on convincing my wife Fran to come out for the 8/12 run and upgrade my membership to a family membership. I'm using the P.R. angle to entice her. Since this would be her first race, it will automatically go down as a P.R.

The Good Life (copied shamelessly from a Starbucks grande cup)

The good life is the middle way
Between ambition and compassion
Between action and reflection
Between company and solitude
Between hedonism and judgement
Between passion and judgement
Between the cup of coffee
and the glass of wine

- Jay McInerney

Monday, July 10, 2006

"WITHOUT GOALS, FEW OF US WOULD GET PAST THE SNOOZE BUTTON"

Advertisement inside Chicago Transit Authority's "El" train by CARA (Chicago Area Runner's Association). Sorry for the fuzzy picture...

View From Observation Deck, Sears Tower

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Checking in!

Hello blogstas!

Sorry about being AWOB (Absent WithOut Blogging) for such a long time. I've had many issues to deal with in the mean time including just being physically very tired and having a painful left foot. Anyway, I am back. I'll post more later. But here are some bullet points.

  • I joined The Woodlands Fit group ($100! Sheesh)
  • I bought another pair of Asics Gel Kayano XI
  • I rejoined HARRA
  • Work takes me very near Memorial Park on a lot of occasions now and this will mean that I'll be looping the trail more often than not.
  • I'm on the verge of signing up for many fall races.
  • I'm 99% sure about the Goofy Challenge in 2007.
  • I've just discovered that there is fireworks at the Juice Box every Friday night whether the 'Stro's win or lose. (They lost last Friday...)
  • Hi Barb!
Take care and sleep well.